Future plans

It is intended to conserve, interpret and display the furnace site for public access, and funding will be sought through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Initially an access track is required to bring materials to create a water relief system that will protect the existing fragile archaeological remains. Also, parts of the pond bay wall supporting the public bridleway and spillway urgently need to be rebuilt to prevent collapse. It is hoped that the previously excavated furnace would be revealed again and a covered area provided for visiting groups as well as pathways for safe access between the two spillways for visitors. Nature walks would be created in the surrounding woodland and existing ancillary buildings further investigated. Limited car parking for visitors will be required. Interpretation of the site, explaining the history and technical aspects of the industry would be located at appropriate positions.


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